What Kind of Sleeper Are You?

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Sleep Habits

NSF Creates Profiles of America's Adults From New Poll on Sleep Habits

The sleep habits of America's adults are as different as night and day and often those habits have a tremendous impact on one's night and day, according to a new poll released today by the National Sleep Foundation (NSF). In spite of many differences, common attributes emerge from the poll data that provide five distinct profiles of the sleep habits of the adult in America. NSF encourages people to identify the group that best describes them, and answer the question, "What kind of sleeper are you?"

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NSF's 2005 Sleep in America poll found clusters of common characteristics among people who are "good" sleepers and those who are not so good; between people who are more alert and energetic in the morning ("larks") or in the evening ("owls"), those whose sleep-related issues cause problems in their lives, and others whose daily mantra is usually, "I had a good night's sleep."

More than 40 factors were considered to determine the profiles that were derived from answers to poll questions. These included the number of hours slept, minimum amount of sleep needed, frequency of experiencing a sleep problem/disorder, how often they feel tired/fatigued/not up to par, age, marital status, gender, diagnosed medical conditions, and the amount of caffeinated beverages consumed daily. Most adults fall into one of these five profiles that provide an 'at a glance' understanding of how our sleep and sleep habits impact our lives.

The segment profiles for the 2005 Sleep in America poll finds two groups of "good sleepers" comprising a little less than half of those polled (48%); they are called "Healthy, Lively Larks" and "Sleep Savvy Seniors." Three groups comprising 52% of the population have sleep habits that are not too good; they are "Dragging Duos," "Overworked, Overweight and Over-Caffeinated" and "Sleepless and Missin' the Kissin'." Here is a profile of each group:

  • Healthy, Lively Larks (27%)
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